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Interested in Studying Humanitarian Disasters?

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Libyan-Tunisian border: photo of a humanitarian crisis unfolding. Source: European Commission

Comhlámh Members Get A Discount To This Course. Natural and man made crises kill, impoverish, and severely disrupt the lives of tens of thousands of people every year.

Between 1989 and 2009, for example, somewhere between 500,000 and 2.4 million people died as a result of violent conflict, while at least 1.2 million more died from natural disasters (including floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, droughts and other natural events with extreme consequences). Have you ever wondered what it is like to work in such contexts? Have you thought about how aid money is used to respond to such situations?

In October and November of this year, the Kimmage Development Studies Centre, in association with Comhlámh, will be running an eight week course called “Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies”. This course will provide participants with a solid introduction to the causes and consequences of natural and manmade disasters, together with insights into the ways in which local communities and the international system responds to such crises. All facilitators have themselves worked in such contexts and collectively bring decades of experience in responding to humanitarian emergencies from the Sahel to the Indian Ocean.

This course is relevant to anyone with an interest in disasters, from members of the public interested in learning more to those with a background in development who want to better understand emergency response programming. The first class will take place in the evening of 8th October at Comhlámh’s offices in Dublin’s city centre.

For more details on the course, including information on discounts to members of Comhlámh, please go here.

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